V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a model or representation of a disliked figure, often used in expressions of public anger or condemnation

Synonyms: model, figure, representation, symbol, image, icon, puppet


Tips: Effigy is often heard in the expression "burned in effigy," which refers to the symbolic condemnation of a despised public figure's image. Protestors almost always have effigies (model, mask, picture) of world leaders that they use to mock the world leaders during their protest.

Usage Examples:

After the coup, images of the former dictator were burned in effigy throughout the country. (image, representation)

The protestors carried effigies of tobacco company CEOs in nooses. (figures, icons)

It is rare for a world leader not to be symbolized in effigy by a disapproving group at one point or another. (figure, symbol)

The employees drew devil horns on a picture of their previous manager as an effigy to illustrate what they really thought of him. (image, model)

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